Worth Primary School were lucky enough to have a very special visitor a couple of weeks ago. Sophie Thornhill is a Paralympian racing cyclist who competed in the Rio Olympics this summer in the velodrome. Sophie is registered blind but can see a little. She came home with a gold medal in the 1km sprint and a bronze medal in the 3000m pursuit. She brought her medals into school to show the children.
She spoke to them all in assembly and then went round each class in turn, answering any questions the children had and showing them some photographs of her competing and receiving her gold medal. Sophie was accompanied by Mrs Kay, an ex-parent and long-standing helper at Worth; she is also Sophie’s aunt. The children were thrilled to see her and handle the medals (medals for blind and partially sighted athletes are embossed with braille and they rattle; gold, silver and bronze all have their own specific sound) The school would like to extend their thanks to Sophie for spending so much time with the children and inspiring them with her enthusiasm.